From the glitziest red carpets to the most private personal moments, celebrity bodyguard stand as a steadfast shield, ensuring the safety of those in the spotlight. But the work is a dangerous one, requiring physical strength and quick thinking in high-pressure situations. The profession is often misunderstood, with many amateur bodyguards proclaiming their ability to protect stars by citing their size, fighting skills, or relationship to the celebrities they serve. But professional protectors have a rigorous training and proven experience.
They know how to avoid physical interaction through advance planning, problem-solving techniques and leveraging their relationships to create a secure environment for their client. They must also be adaptable to constantly changing and unpredictable threats — from overzealous fans and paparazzi to explosive situations that require swift action.
Often working in teams, the bodyguards prepare for their clients’ arrival by making an initial sweep of a venue and clearing the area. Then they escort their star client with the care and attention that keeps them safe and relaxed throughout their day. That can include a variety of activities, from shopping excursions to music video shoots, business meetings or awards ceremonies.
It’s no surprise that the job demands a lot of travel, with many of the world’s most famous stars traveling extensively. That means they need a team of bodyguards able to keep up with their jet-setting lifestyle. Plus, a full team of bodyguards requires living quarters that could rival those of any Hollywood star.Joseph Daher